Maybe Chinese Democracy isn’t going to suck as badly

OK, so it’s not Wal-Mart that’s getting the new Guns N’ Roses album but Best Buy, reports Billboard.

Despite Best Buy low-balling independent music shops on CD prices, it still doesn’t stop me from going there when I need to pick up a new hard drive or blank media. I just tend not to buy music there. (Unless it’s something I don’t want my former record store co-workers to see me getting.) So my rampant bourgeois rockism is only slightly mitigated.

But you have to wonder about big-box retailer exclusives. Is your major label release so milquetoast that you need to keep it out of stores that would put it next to the likes of, say, Death Cab for Cutie and the Shins?